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BMX Track Gets Cash

BMX riders are jumping for joy after a cash injection of £42,000 to revamp their ramps.

The BMX track, in Waterloo Meadows, Katesgrove, has been so well used it is wearing away and is in need of refurbishment.

Money paid to Reading Borough Council for a development in the area has now been released and the much-needed work can go ahead.

Katesgrove councillor Rebecca Rye said: “It’s been ongoing and the money had gone into a black hole but I’m glad it’s picked up again.

“Katesgrove Residents’ Association has been badgering us for it so this is really good news.

“It’s a fantastic facility and I think it will improve the area for the kids and give them an area to go to.”

Reading Borough Councillor Marian Livingstone, head of culture and sport, said: “It’s a much-loved and well-used BMX park and a wonderful resource for local young people and, quite frankly, it was crumbling away.

“We’re hoping to get it done before the start of the school holidays but that’s an aspiration, not a promise.”

Riders and spectators from all across the region flock to the track, as it is the only one of its kind in the Reading area.

Improvements could include the setting up of a BMX club on the site under the leadership of the national cycling organisation, the CTC.

The track was built in 2004 as part of a series of improvement works to the Waterloo Meadows park.

 

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